Workgroup Group Based Simulation – Accelerating Your Innovation

first_imgInteractive Modeling and Simulation – Come on you are kidding!!Recent advancements in mathematical modeling, computational algorithms, and the speed of computers based on technologies like the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series have brought the field of computer simulation to the threshold of a new era.  While not quite interactive, simulation and analysis can now occur at a pace that impacts decisions further upstream in the design process.  Simulation and analysis tools are also no longer the domain of the expert.  Organizations can now potentially achieve a more efficient product development process by considering a reordering of product design activities and empowering engineers with easy-to-use and powerful 3D conceptual design tools and early access to CAE applications.Why consider reordering your product development process?This is not new news. Manufacturers know that when product analysis or simulation results trail the detailed design process that product changes are become significantly expensive and will most likely negatively impact new product release schedules. Worse yet, they also realize that changes made downstream in any design cycle are often “last minute” and almost always imply compromises on original design goals. This, of course, cuts into the product performance and profits of the new or updated product. By reordering product design activities, manufactures may be able to achieve a more efficient product development process and reduce overall product development cost, time and risk.No experts needed.Don’t be fooled.  While ISV’s from ANSYS, ALTAIR, MSC, PTC, Siemens PLM, SIMLUIA, SolidWorks and others have made tremendous strides in making their simulation products easier to use, you probably still need an expert.  However, their collective advancements in tools, wrappers, and easy-to-use frameworks that guide the engineers through complex multi-physics analyses with drag-and-drop simplicity make it easier to move analysis further upstream.  That means your expert can now focus on the really hard problems.Workgroup Computing – Bringing “Real” HPC Computing To Your DepartmentUsing analysis and simulation to get results before the detailed design process begins will help ensure the CAD models meet performance requirements and will almost always mitigate last-minute and expensive design changes. Large scale compute intensive jobs used to require investments and/or access to a divisionally shared, large scale cluster housed in a controlled Data Center environment …supporting hundreds of users.While this may have been true a few years ago, the advancements in mathematical modeling, computational algorithms, and the speed of computers based on technologies like the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series now makes it possible to quickly and efficiently solve large scale problems closer to the engineers responsible for dealing with them, on compute clusters supporting small workgroups or departments of engineers vs. large scale clusters shared by hundreds of engineers. As an example let’s look at the Cray CX1™ deskside personal supercomputer.  Like others in this new usage category, it presents an organization with a solution that is the “right size” in performance, functionality, and cost for individuals and departmental workgroups who want to harness HPC without the complexity of traditional clusters.  Equipped with powerful Intel Xeon 5500 series processors the Cray CX1 delivers the power of a high performance cluster with the ease-of-use and seamless integration of a workstation. OK, You Can Give Me The Performance, But The Support Can Be A NightmareIntel® Cluster Ready makes HPC simpler.  It boosts productivity and solves new problems. The Intel® Cluster Ready program makes it simpler to experience the power of high-performance computing.  Intel Cluster Ready presents HPC users a certification program that is designed to establish a common specification among original equipment manufacturers, independent software vendors (ISVs) and others for designing, programming and deploying high performance clusters built with Intel components. For users, this certification means that these certified HPC systems will run a wide range of Intel Cluster Ready ISV applications right of the box.  Tested, validated and simple.By selecting a certified Intel Cluster Ready system for your registered Intel Cluster Ready applications you can be confident that hardware and software components will work together, right out of the box. Software tools such as Intel® Cluster Checker help ensure that those components continue to work together, delivering a high level of quality and a low total cost of ownership over the course of the cluster’s lifetime.To learn more about Intel HPC Technology visit www.intel.com/go/HPClast_img read more

How to Integrate RealVNC Viewer Plus KVM Console into a Microsoft SCCM environment

first_imgSource Code for filesCopy code below and save as: vPro_Client.xml                             cmd.exe/C cscript c:KVMlaunch_AMT_KVM.vbs ##SUB:Name## ##SUB:_Server##             Copy code below and save as: Launch_AMT_KVM.vbs Prerequisites·         RealVNC Viewer Plus: http://www.realvnc.com/products/viewerplus/index.html ·         Microsoft SCCM Primary Site Server installed and managing Intel vPro clients·         Intel vPro clients provisioned by SCCM site serverRequired Files (posted below)·         vPro_Client.xml – This file must be placed in c:Program FilesMicrosoft Configuration ManagerAdminUIXMLStorageExtensionsActions7ba8bf44-2344-4035-bdb4-16630291dcf6 on the SCCM Primacy Site server·         Launch_AMT_KVM.vbs – This file is called by SCCM when the additional menu options are activated.Steps to Integrate RealVNC Viewer Plus into SCCM1.   Install RealVNC Viewer Plus onto the same system that is running your SCCM Primary Site Server (use default values during installation and ensure the default location is c:Program FilesRealVNCVNCViewerPlus)2.   If this folder does not exist (c:Program FilesMicrosoft Configuration ManagerAdminUIXMLStorageExtensionsActions7ba8bf44-2344-4035-bdb4-16630291dcf6), create this folder location and copy the vPro_Client.xml file into this folder.a.    This file creates additional items in the right-click menu for individual systems in SCCM.  These items are used to connect the RealVNC KVM to that system.3.   On the SCCM server, create c:KVM folder and copy Launch_AMT_KVM.vbs into this foldera.    This script retrieves the client’s FQDN from the SCCM database and launches KVM. b.    The vPro_Client.xml points to Launch_AMT_KVM.vbs at c:KVMNOTE: You may have to restart SCCM Configuration Manager to get the right click capability. SummaryThis article is intended to show the method to integrate RealVNC Viewer Plus into a Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Primary Site server.  This will allow you to simply right click on a provisioned Intel vPro system within SCCM and launch RealVNC’s KVM Console seamlessly.Recognition goes to Kyle Harbert of Intel that helped develop the coding to make these files work. You will now be able to right-click on an AMT 6 Provisioned vPro system and directly launch the RealVNC Viewer Plus from within SCCM.  Let me know how it works for you….happy KVM’ing! Set objShell = CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”)objShell.CurrentDirectory = wscript.scriptfullname & “..”hostname = WScript.Arguments(0)WScript.Echo(hostname)strServer = WScript.Arguments(1)WScript.Echo(strServer)Set objLocator = CreateObject(“WbemScripting.SWbemLocator”)Set objSMS = objLocator.ConnectServer(strServer, “Root/SMS”)                    ‘connect to smsobjSMS.Security_.ImpersonationLevel = 3set colSiteDetails=objSMS.ExecQuery(“select Machine, SiteCode from SMS_ProviderLocation where ProviderForLocalSite=True”)For Each insSiteDetails In colSiteDetailsstrSiteCode=insSiteDetails.SiteCodenextset objSMS=objLocator.ConnectServer(strServer, “root/SMS/site_” & strSiteCode)strQuery = “Select * From SMS_R_System where Name='” & hostname & “‘”Set objEnumerator1 = objSMS.ExecQuery(strQuery)if not isnull(objEnumerator1) thent=0for each instance1 in objEnumerator1  FQDN=instance1.ResourceNames(0)  WScript.Echo(FQDN)    temp=split(FQDN,”.”,2)  domain=temp(1)  t=1nextset oExec = objShell.Exec( “c:Program FilesRealVNCVNCViewerPlusvncviewer.exe ConnectionMode=IntelAMT AmtSecurity=TLS ” & FQDN ) elsewscript.echo(“Not a valid machine.”)Wscript.quit(4)end iflast_img read more

Intel IT Shares Best Practices to Help Minimize Microsoft Windows* 8 Migration Costs

first_imgBy end of June 2013, Windows 8 will be the standard OS for business Ultrabook™ devices and Intel®  architecture–based tablets in use at Intel.   We have estimated the overall costs for migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 8, based on working assumptions and proof-of-concept results. Compared to migrating from Windows XP* to Windows 7, our estimates show that migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 8 will not be overly difficult or expensive, mainly because of the high level of application compatibility between Windows 7 and Windows 8. In this paper, we share the best practices that we developed during previous migrations that will further reduce migration costs.last_img read more

Virtualization: The First Step to the Cloud

first_imgThe underpinning for most high performing clouds is a virtualized infrastructure that pools resources for greater physical server consolidation and processor utilization. With the efficiencies associated with pooled resources, some organizations have considered their virtualized environment “cloud computing.” These organizations are selling themselves short. The full promise of cloud—efficiency, cost savings, and agility—can be realized only by automating and orchestrating how these pooled, virtualized resources are utilized.Virtualization has been in data centers for several years as a successful IT strategy for consolidating servers by deploying more applications on fewer physical systems. The benefits include lower operational costs, reduced heat (from fewer servers), a smaller carbon footprint (less energy required for cooling), faster disaster recovery (virtual provisioning enables faster recovery), and more hardware flexibility.Source: Why Build a Private Cloud? Virtualization vs. Cloud Computing. Intel (2014).Cloud Takes Efficiency to the Next LevelA fully functioning cloud environment does much more. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a fully functioning cloud has five essential characteristics: On-demand self-service. A consumer can unilaterally provision computing capabilities.Broad-network access. Capabilities are available over the network and accessed through standard mechanisms (e.g., mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and workstations).Resource pooling. The provider’s computing resources are pooled to serve multiple consumers.Rapid elasticity. Capabilities can be elastically provisioned and released, in some cases automatically, to scale rapidly outward and inward, commensurate with demand.Measured service. Cloud systems automatically control and optimize resource use by leveraging a metering capability at some level of abstraction appropriate to the type of service (for example, storage, processing, bandwidth, and active user accounts).Different but Complementary StrategiesA Forbes* article describes how these highly complementary strategies work together. Virtualization abstracts compute resources—typically as virtual machines (VMs)—with associated storage and networking connectivity. The cloud determines how those virtualized resources are allocated, delivered, and presented. While virtualization is not required to create a cloud environment, it does enable rapid scaling of resources and that the majority of high performing clouds are built upon virtualized infrastructures.In other words, virtualization pools infrastructure resources and acts as a building block to enhance the agility and business potential of the cloud environment. It is the first step in building a long-term cloud computing strategy that could ultimately include integration with public cloud services—a hybrid deployment model—enabling even greater flexibility and scalability.With a virtualized data center as its foundation, an on-premises, or private, cloud can make IT operations more efficient as well as increase business agility. IT can offer cloud services across the organization, serving as a broker with providers and avoiding some of the risks associated with shadow IT. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and the higher-level platform as a service (PaaS) delivery models are two of the services that can help businesses derive maximum value from the cloud.Virtualization and cloud computing go hand in hand with virtualization as a critical first step toward fully achieving the value of a private cloud investment and laying the groundwork for a more elastic hybrid model. Delivery of IaaS and PaaS creates exceptional flexibility and agility—offering enormous potential for the organization with IT as a purveyor of possibility.How did you leverage virtualization to evolve your cloud environment? Comment below to join the discussion.Mike MoshierFind Mike on LinkedIn. See previous content from Mike.#ITCenter #Virtualization #Cloudlast_img read more

Kim to Helm Dartmouth

first_imgDartmouth has tapped Jim Yong Kim, a leader in global health, to become its next president. Kim, 49, currently heads the department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he earlier received an MD and a PhD in medical anthropology. He co-founded Partners in Health with Harvard classmate Paul Farmer, and then went on to head the HIV/AIDS program at the World Health Organization in 2004-2005. Kim “has shown how what you learn in the classroom can serve society and benefit mankind to the fullest,” says Michael Merson, Global Health Institute at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and a former head of WHO’s Global Programme on AIDS. Until recently, many expected the Obama administration to offer Kim a top slot, such as the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, which has yet to be filled. Kim, who was born in Seoul, Korea, will be the first Asian-American president of an Ivy League school. He also will be the first the member of that rarified club to have played a prominent, hands-on role in global health efforts, which ultimately may have the most impact on his stewardship. He takes over on 1 July. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

House Panel Approves 3.2% Raise for NIH in 2011

first_imgA House of Representatives spending panel yesterday approved a $1 billion increase, to $32 billion, in the 2011 budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). That 3.2% hike matches President Barack Obama’s request for the agency. Groups such as the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) have warned that NIH needs much more to prevent a crash after stimulus funds run out next year. But FASEB legislative analyst Jennifer Zeitzer says the organization is “pleased with what happened” given the pressure to fund other agencies within the jurisdiction of the House labor, health and human services, and education appropriations subcommittee. In a statement, Representative David Obey (D–WI), who chairs both the full appropriations committee and the NIH panel, said the bill would allow NIH to spend up to $50 million of its increase on the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN), a program created by the health care reform bill earlier this year that would give out large grants for drug development. The law authorizes spending up to $500 million in the program’s first year. Zeitzer says it’s not yet clear whether the panel approved a line item for the program or whether NIH has leeway to decide where to find the money within its overall budget. Although supportive of CAN, she says any resulting cut in research grants “will be felt by the community.” A Senate spending bill could meet to vote on its version of the 2011 appropriations bill before the end of this month.last_img read more

Iowa Ape Center Dismisses Neglect Charges Against Researcher

first_img Provided by Julie Gilmore, Great Ape Trust Back in Business. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh was reinstated at the Great Ape Trust. Susan Savage-Rumbaugh has been reinstated as resident scientist at the Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary after an investigation into her handling of the apes under her care. Former employees of the sanctuary, also called the Great Ape Trust and Bonobo Hope, alleged that Savage-Rumbaugh, a pioneer in communicating with apes, was not caring for the bonobos properly. The trust placed Savage-Rumbaugh on administrative leave 2 months ago and launched an internal investigation. Yesterday, the new executive director of the trust, Julie Gilmore, announced that the investigation has ended and that Savage-Rumbaugh is back on the job. “The committee discovered that the bonobos are well cared for and was unable to substantiate the allegations against Dr. Savage-Rumbaugh, in part because they encountered significant counterevidence against the claims. … The committee found that for ten of the twelve complainants, many reported events were hearsay,” she said in a statement. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) The complaints spanned alleged incidents in both 2011 and 2012. But the four-person investigative committee limited its scrutiny to 2012, the period when Savage-Rumbaugh was director of the trust. It said that in December 2011 the board had dismissed the earlier complaints. Lawyers for 11 of the 12 individuals who had complained about Savage-Rumbaugh’s conduct have asked the trust’s board to release documents related both to the recent internal investigation and to the earlier inquiry. “The former employees continue to suggest to the Board that an internal investigation may not be sufficient under the circumstances,” said a statement from Dickey & Campbell Law Firm in Des Moines. The statement said that “an external, transparent investigation would be prudent in the wake of Panbanisha’s recent death.” Panbanisha is a bonobo who died earlier this month, presumably of pneumonia. Its death fueled concerns about the well-being of the six other bonobos at the sanctuary. Gilmore, a veterinarian, says that respiratory illnesses are common in captive apes and that everything possible was done to try to save the bonobo. The other apes there have recovered, she noted. Gilmore and the new chair of the board, Carmen Maté, research director at the Barcelona Zoo, tell ScienceInsider that they hope to put the controversy behind them and focus on fundraising. Last year, the trust lost the support of its major benefactor. The board’s plans include opening its doors next year to the public for the first time and charging admission. It also hopes to resume research involving the primates.last_img read more

Inter crush Torino in the rain

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Inter were clinical and made the most of Torino errors with Lautaro Martinez, Stefan de Vrij and Romelu Lukaku to win 3-0, but Andrea Belotti and Nicolò Barella went off injured. Click here for the full match report. OR Follow all the action as it happens and give your views on the LIVEBLOG.last_img

No sign of tech support system at CWG venues

first_imgEven as the Commonwealth Games authorities grapple with the brick and mortar issues pertaining to stadiums, the technical aspect seems to have been relegated to the sidelines.Two months have passed since the last Games Readiness Module (GRM) Review was made public, yet no headway seems to have been made towards the procurement and installation of technical support equipment – scoreboards, digital time and result systems, computers, network cables, telephone lines and the broadcast compound.”We are yet to get the technical support infrastructure in place despite reminders from the committee of secretaries headed by the cabinet secretary and the Group of Ministers (GoM),” a senior sports ministry official admitted. Mail Today had earlier reported about the delays dogging the technical aspect of the overhaul – a mandatory prerequisite for any test event at a sporting venue – on June 21.The GoM had then told the Sports Authority of India (SAI) that “for an effective network, there is a need to commission, integrate and test its various components”. Sixty days have passed since then and just 62 remain for the gala to kick off, but the Suresh Kalmadi- helmed Games Organising Committee (OC) and M. S. Gillled sports ministry are yet to come up with convincing explanations.Mail Today’s efforts to contact the OC officials proved futile, as they cited their “preoccupation with unending meeting schedules”. Insiders, however, confirmed that computerisation work at the sports facilities had not yet taken off. “About 35,000 computers were to be installed at the 19 venues, the OC’s office, in the broadcast compound and in the Games Village. Since the venues are still far from ready, the network cabling that lays the groundwork for computer installation has not been wound up yet,” a senior OC official said on Monday.advertisementAnother incomplete project deals with putting in place the MTNL network. The review report had noted that the telephone line work was yet to gain momentum at most venues, raising fears of digging at the eleventh hour to plug leaks.The GoM had taken serious note of the ” huge gap between the completed venues and the venues commissioned for the delivery of the Games”. For instance, setting up of the electronic data network for scores and timing was not in place yet. The digital result system is a must for athletics, swimming, boxing, wrestling and cycling.In these events, the timing and scoring are shown in real time. They are also passed on to the broadcasting system and sent for web- based communication.A senior official said: “We have despatched the procurement orders and these will be in place soon.” The Switzerland- based company authorised to do this job is yet to install the main scoreboard at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, for which it has charged Rs 2.5 crore. The GRM review mentions that the installation of security equipment, including CCTV cameras as well as surveillance and access- control devices, has not even started at any venue despite test events having got under way at four major stadiums.The slow response of Prasar Bharati in establishing the broadcast compound to share live feeds with the domestic and international media is also a major cause for worry. “It is learnt that Prasar Bharati has not yet submitted the database and may do this only by the last week of September,” a senior urban development ministry official said. “The systems will be in place just before the Games, but no one would know how to operate them,” a senior SAI official said.last_img read more

CWG: Congress distances itself from Suresh Kalmadi

first_imgEven as the Opposition has been demanding resignation from Suresh Kalmadi as the chairman of Commonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee (OC) and blaming the Congress of shielding him, the party has clearly washed its hands of the beleaguered OC chairman. Reacting to the fresh spate of allegations against Kalmadi Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said that the former was not acting in the capacity of a Congress MP. “Mr Suresh Kalmadi is not the representative of the Indian National Congress on the organising committee. He is there by virtue of being the president of Indian Olympic Association,” Tiwari said.CLICK HERE FOR MORECWG: Hooper contests CAG reportWorkers denied safety gear…Oppn bays for Kalmadi’s bloodCAG report busts Kalmadi’s defence “If there is anybody to react to it, it is either the organising committee or the Indian Olympic Association and not the Congress party,” he added. Kalmadi, who has been under fire from all quarters for alleged mismanagement and corruption in CWG deals, thus now seems to be completely isolated. He was earlier snubbed by Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, whom Kalmadi wanted to involve in the Games. A request from Kalmadi to Rahul Gandhi’s office last week urging the latter to visit the Games venues was quietly turned down. Earlier also he had turned down a request by Kalmadi to become a part of the OC. Clearly, the Congress wants to stay away from the controversies surrounding CWG. Earlier, Kalmadi’s party colleagues — Mani Shankar Aiyar and Digvijay Singh — had suggested that he should resign on moral grounds after serious allegations of corruption and favouritism in handling the CWG-related contracts were levelled against him one after the other.advertisementlast_img read more

Gov Council to decide on number of matches in IPL IV on Aug 20

first_imgThe Governing Council of the Indian Premier League is expected to decide on the number of matches in next year’s expanded fourth edition of the T20 league in Mumbai on August 20.”The IPL meeting will decide how many matches should be held in 2011,” highly placed sources told PTI on Tuesday.After eight teams were in the fray for the first three editions of the cash-awash league, the highly popular event has been expended to feature 10 teams from next year.The sources said it was more or less certain that it was not possible to hold the full compliment of matches — 94 — if the event is to be held on a home-and-away basis with two semi-finals, third-fourth place play-off match and the grand final.”Playing 94 matches is not possible especially in the months of April-May-June when IPL IV is to be held. May be we will go for 73-74 matches in all,” the sources said.”A three-member committee has been formed (former cricketers Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri) and they will give their opinion. There are 3-4 different opinions. We will finalise it during the meeting,” they said.The meeting, however, is unlikely to take any decision on the contentious issue of retention of players when the grand players’ auction is next held, the sources indicated.With two new franchises — Pune and Kochi — entering the fray, there are different views about how many players — Indian and foreign — can be retained by the original eight franchises.advertisement”That will be done after the Champions League (from September 10-26) and the auction will take place after October or November,” the sources said.The Governing Council would also pass the 2010 accounts of the League at the meeting, they added.last_img read more

More learning, more success

first_imgKarch Kiraly. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUnited States national women’s volleyball coach and three-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly was clearly delighted that the Philippine volleyball community knew him very well.“I covered you in the 1988 Seoul Olympics,” I told Kiraly as we were introduced by Philippine Superliga president Tats Suzara. “That surely dates us,” Kiraly smiled back. ESPN 5 sports head Patricia Bermudez-Hizon and I were clearly fans as we talked shop with Kiraly, who also dabbles in the game’s TV coverage.ADVERTISEMENT Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Trust is also important, Kiraly explained to the local coaches. It spills over to allowing assistants to teach and have a say in how things are run. “You might get sick one day and your assistant needs to take over,” Kiraly said.All sports should make an effort like that of the PSL to continuously look for ways to upgrade their game. And with Karch Kiraly’s visit, you get lessons not only on how to play but a serving as well of the values indispensable for team success.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims The younger generation of volleyball fans may not exactly know of Kiraly’s game until they hit the internet for a quick review. But the PSL coaches, who were to undergo a clinic with Kiraly later in the afternoon, clearly knew him and had followed his indoor and beach volleyball accomplishments.Kiraly was in town for the clinic and the formal opening of the PSL Grand Prix tournament. Suzara invited the game’s legend when they met in Japan in a recent international tournament. It didn’t take long for Kiraly to agree to come over as he was aware of how the game has grown in this part of the world.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn the press conference and in the clinic, Kiraly shared lessons from years of playing and coaching. “You don’t have to be the tallest team to do well,” Kiraly explained, citing the Thai and Japanese volleyball teams as great examples of what sound fundamentals can do.Aside from discussing the game’s technical aspects, Kiraly emphasized in the clinic that “If there’s more learning in a team, there will be much more success.” The nature of the game, with its limited number of passes, compels teams to have players with multiple skills so that anyone on the floor should know how to set, dig, block and attack. “We don’t have a lot of time to handle the ball,” he pointed out. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Isaac hopes to see FEU connection thrive in Blackwater Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans View commentslast_img read more

‘We’re not weak’: Thai trans boxer to blaze trail in France

first_imgSEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ouster from Generika-Ayala ‘blessing in disguise’ for Vicente LATEST STORIES This photograph taken on December 15, 2017 shows Muay Thai boxer Nong Rose, 21, doing pad work during a training session in Thailand’s central province of Chachoengsao. Wearing red lipstick and a pink sports bra, Nong Rose trades blows with her twin brother in a Thai boxing gym, preparing for a foreign debut that will make her the first transgender fighter to enter the ring in France. / AFP PHOTO / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / TWearing red lipstick and a pink sports bra, Nong Rose trades blows with her twin brother in a Thai boxing gym, preparing for a foreign debut that will make her the first transgender fighter to enter the ring in France.A few weeks ahead of the Muay Thai match in Paris, the 21-year-old is training hard in central Thailand’s Chachoengsao province, with her brother as sparring partner.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Boxing is part of the siblings’ DNA — they learned how to jab, cross and kick from their uncle, a professional Muay Thai fighter, who started teaching them the basics when they were eight.“Since (we were) little ones, we used to fight… but she was always stronger than me,” Nong Rose’s twin brother, Somrak Polchareon, told AFP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingIn the eyes of the Thai government, Nong Rose is a man named Somros Polchareon.But she has always felt like a girl, and started dressing like one at the age of 14. This photograph taken on December 15, 2017 shows Muay Thai boxer Nong Rose (L), 21, practising her knee strikes with her brother during a training session in Thailand’s central province of Chachoengsao.Wearing red lipstick and a pink sports bra, Nong Rose trades blows with her twin brother in a Thai boxing gym, preparing for a foreign debut that will make her the first transgender fighter to enter the ring in France. / AFP PHOTO / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / TO GO WITH Thailand-sport-boxing-society-France, FOCUS by Marion THIBAUTFor the up-and-coming boxer, the Paris competition on January 6, against formidable French Muay Thai champion Akram Hamidi, is a chance to advance her career — and bring more attention to trans fighters.“It helps to promote the trans, to show that we are worth as much as the others. We are not weak,” she said.Nong Rose says she plans to take her transition to the next step after her boxing days are over.“Today, I do not take hormones because it affects my condition and my boxing. When you are on hormones, you have much less energy.”“But as soon as I stop boxing, I do all the operations to finish my transformation.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Many trans Thais say they are treated like second-class citizens in a country where changing genders was considered a mental illness by the military as recently as 2012.The practice is still not legally recognised, causing headaches for those trying to navigate medical care or bureaucratic processes.Nong Rose, who turned professional after graduating from high school two years ago, pushed through the prejudice by racking up victories in the ring, winning half of her 300 matches.Today, she is better known for her knees of steel.“In combat, she always walks on you and hammers you with her knees,” said Chalongchai Meemindee, a 25-year-old boxer known as “Phetsuphan” who faced Rose in November.“It’s good to have her in the ring because it brings colour and attracts viewers, especially foreigners,” he added.‘Beautiful Boxer’Nong Rose is not the first transgender boxer in Thailand.Nong Toom, whose story is captured in the 2004 film “Beautiful Boxer”, led the way, famously using her championship winnings to pay for a sex change.“She was my role model,” said Nong Rose, adding that the fighter comes to support her at most matches. This photograph taken on December 15, 2017 shows Muay Thai boxer Nong Rose (C), 21, using a live chat app on her phone during a training session in Thailand’s central province of Chachoengsao. Wearing red lipstick and a pink sports bra, Nong Rose trades blows with her twin brother in a Thai boxing gym, preparing for a foreign debut that will make her the first transgender fighter to enter the ring in France. / AFP PHOTO / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA /In life as in the ring, where she competes against men, finding her place has not always been easy.“When I started fighting (as a girl), I was afraid that people would not accept me,” she told AFP, wiping away sweat after a feisty round of training.While Thailand has a reputation as a free-spirited haven for LGBTQ people, discrimination abounds outside of nightlife and entertainment venues.The boxer says her male opponents were initially rattled — or even angered — by her appearance.“In my village everyone knew me so it was easy,” she says. “But outside the city, some boxers looked at me wrong and said that trans people could not win.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte View commentslast_img read more

Real Madrid set club record with 16th consecutive win

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo in action during Real Madrid’s La Liga match against Malaga.Real Madrid secured a club record 16th straight victory when Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale struck in a laboured 2-1 win at Malaga on Saturday that put them five points clear of second-placed Barcelona in La Liga.Benzema diverted a Cristiano Ronaldo centre past goalkeeper Carlos Kameni in the 18th minute at the Rosaleda and Bale finished off a swift break, in which Ronaldo was also involved, seven minutes from time.Former Malaga midfielder Isco was dismissed in the 86th minute and the hosts pulled a goal back in stoppage time when Roque Santa Cruz nodded past Iker Casillas. Real have 33 points from 13 matches and the victory helped them surpass their previous best of 15 successive wins in all competitions set in 1960-61 and 2011-12.Carlo Ancelotti’s men have won all their games since a 2-1 league defeat at home to champions Atletico Madrid in September.”It’s always a very tough match here,” Real full back Marcelo told Spanish television.”We managed to beat the record but with a lot of work and commitment from the team,” added the Brazil international. “Our main objective is to carry on winning each game.”Barca can trim the deficit to two points at fourth-placed Valencia on Sunday when Atletico, third on 26 points, host promoted Deportivo La Coruna.Qatar-owned Malaga, who are sixth, put up a fight against the European champions and after Benzema’s opener they came close to an equaliser two minutes before halftime when a long-range free kick by captain Duda clipped the top of the crossbar.advertisementBRILLIANT SAVEReal took control in the second period and Kameni, who earlier produced a brilliant point-blank save to deny Bale, had to race off his line to block an Isco shot in the 56th minute. Santa Cruz headed a corner narrowly over in the 67th before Kameni conjured another stunning save when a defensive error gifted possession to Ronaldo in the centre of the penalty area.The Portugal captain sent a low shot towards the corner but Kameni flung out an arm to palm the ball away. Isco’s return to his home city ended badly when he received a second yellow card although he was given a rousing ovation by the Malaga fans as he trudged off the pitch.”I think Madrid deserved the victory,” said Cameroon international Kameni. “We showed today that we deserve a lot of credit and we have achieved great things in the opening part of the season.”Elsewhere, Celta Vigo missed a chance to climb above Malaga and draw level on 23 points with fifth-placed Sevilla when they lost 1-0 at home to Eibar, who moved up to 10th on 16 points.Athletic Bilbao continued their revival after a poor start with a 2-1 win at Getafe that put them level on 18 points with eighth-placed Villarreal who visit Cordoba on Sunday. Espanyol climbed to 11th, four points behind Villarreal and Bilbao, thanks to a 2-1 victory at home to 15th-placed Levante in teeming rain in Barcelona.last_img read more

WACA Ground, Perth

first_imgWACA Ground will host three group games for the ICC World Cup 2015 Established: 1890Capacity: 24,500Located in the Western Australian city Perth, the WACA ground derives its name from the initials of its owners and operators – the Western Australian  Cricket Association. It has also been included as one of the fourteen venues for the 2015 Cricket World Cup with three group games scheduled on the ground.The WACA is famous for producing the quickest and bounciest wickets in the world with the outfield also lightening fast. These characteristics, in  combination with the afternoon sea-breezes which regularly pass the ground, have historically made the ground an attractive place for pace and swing  bowlers. The ground has also seen some very fast scoring – as of December 2014, four of the eight fastest Test centuries have been scored on this ground.It has hosted a total of 73 games so far with the highest ODI total recorded as 343/5 during the Australia vs New Zealand clash in 2007.last_img read more

World Cup: BCCI proud of Team India despite semifinal exit

first_imgBCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said on Friday the Indian board is proud of its team as it “played some outstanding cricket” in the World Cup Down Under before crashing out in the semifinals against Australia.In their quest to retain the title, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-captained side remained undefeated in the group stage. They overwhelmed Bangladesh in the quarterfinals. But their run was halted by co-hosts and four-time champions Australia in the last eight stage with a 95-run victory on Thursday in Sydney.Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Dalmiya said the team has brought a lot of joy to millions of fans.”I congratulate the entire Indian cricket team for having played some outstanding cricket in the World Cup 2015. They have indeed displayed some admirable skills while playing the game in its true spirit, and thereby, bringing joy to millions of cricket fans,” Dalmiya said in a release.”In spite of the disappointment due to the loss in the semifinal, the fact that the impending generation has showed the desired potential to take Indian cricket to greater heights is quite gratifying.”BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur took the opportunity to thank the Indian cricket fans for supporting the team.”Being present at the venue and having witnessed the match, I was privy to the excitement and joy that our Indian team brings to the spectators,” he said.”I take this opportunity to thank all our fans across the world and especially those who were present for the semifinal and supported Team India,” Anurag added.advertisementThe secretary also congratulated the members of the team for “their outstanding performance while upholding the values which have long embodied the game of cricket”.last_img read more

Heat wave toll rises to 750 in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana

first_imgTelangana and Andhra Pradesh continue to reel under intense heat wave with the death toll rising to over 750. In Andhra Pradesh, 551 people were reported to have died due to the extreme heat conditions. At least 213 people were reported dead in Telangana.Old-aged, children, labourers, rickshaw pullers, beggars and people living in streets were the worst affected by the heat wave.There was no let-up in severe heat wave conditions in the two Telugu states as Raagundam in Telangana sizzled with a maximum temperature of 44.8 degree Celsius. Met officials released a heat wave warning for Adilabad, Khammam, Nalgonda, Karimnagar districts in the state.In Andhra Pradesh, the maximum temperature of 46.8 degrees Celsius was recorded at Jangameswarapuram of Prakasam district. Tuni of East Godavari District recorded 46.3 degrees Celsius while Kakinada recorded 46.1 degrees Celsius.The Andhra Pradesh government is said to have has declared the situation caused by heat wave alarming and appealed to people not to venture out between 11 am and 4 pm.An aid of Rs 1 lakh for the families of victims of heat wave was also announced by the chief minister of the state.last_img read more

FIFA President Sepp Blatter seeks re-election amid corruption crisis

first_imgSepp Blatter will seek another term as FIFA president later Friday after asking soccer leaders to entrust him with guiding the governing body’s recovery from a corruption crisis – again.”We have been hit and I personally have been slapped,” Blatter said at his 2011 re-election, which was overshadowed by a bribery scandal within FIFA. “I don’t want that ever again.”Four years on, FIFA’s reputation has been bruised by the deepest scandal in its 111-year history, and Blatter’s leadership is coming under question.The 209 FIFA member nations will decide Friday whether to stick with the 79-year-old Blatter or end his 17-year rule by backing Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.The vote comes two days after Swiss police arrested seven soccer officials, including two FIFA vice presidents, as part of corruption investigations in the United States and Switzerland. It has been a dramatic build up to the election, which European delegates wanted to delay.”It is necessary to begin to restore trust in our organization,” Blatter told the opening session of the FIFA congress Thursday, a day after the police raids in Zurich dominated headlines around the world. “Let this be the turning point. More needs to be done to make sure everyone in football behaves responsibly and ethically.”UEFA President Michel Platini believes that requires the departure of Blatter, warning that a boycott of the World Cup by European nations could be considered if there wasn’t a change of president.”I feel pain in my stomach,” Platini said. “As someone who has worked with FIFA for many years, I am absolutely sickened.”advertisementHaving opted against challenging Blatter himself, Platini is among the leading supporters of Prince Ali and believes at least 45 European votes will go to the Jordanian royal.But a Blatter victory seems more likely – given the broad extent of his power base – barring a fresh development in the twin-pronged investigations by Swiss and American authorities.A two-thirds majority would be enough to win the secret vote, or a simple majority in a second round of voting.Just forcing the ballot to a second round could represent a victory of sorts for Blatter’s critics, denying the incumbent president an emphatic mandate in his next term.But while pressure seems to be mounting on Blatter globally, he has proven to be a survivor of scandals.Blatter’s presidency seemed set to end after four years when, in the build-up to the 2002 vote, he was accused of financial mismanagement by members of FIFA’s ruling executive committee and a criminal complaint was filed with Swiss prosecutors. Blatter still beat Issa Hayatou – now a FIFA vice president – to retain the presidency and the criminal complaint came to nothing.FIFA is clearly in the sights of law enforcement agencies again, although Blatter has not been accused of wrongdoing in the criminal investigations.A U.S. Justice Department probe accused 14 international soccer officials or sports marketing executives of bribery, racketeering, fraud and money-laundering over two decades in connection with marketing rights worth hundreds of millions of dollars awarded for tournaments in North and South America.Seven officials – including two FIFA vice presidents and members of the finance committee – remained in custody in Zurich on Thursday.In addition, Swiss officials are investigating the FIFA votes that resulted in the World Cup tournaments being awarded to Russia in 2018 and to Qatar in 2022. Both decisions were overshadowed by allegations of wrongdoing and have cast a constant shadow on Blatter’s fourth term.Item 17 on the 19-point FIFA Congress agenda will determine whether Blatter runs FIFA for another four, likely volatile years.last_img read more

Qualcomm and Google team up for Project Tango handset

first_imgQualcomm has just announced that it will be partnering with Google on a Project Tango handset which will be powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor. It will also feature an octa core CPU along with the Adreno 430 GPU.The device is intended for manufacturers and developers and won’t be available to the general public, at least for now.For the uninitiated, the Project Tango incorporates special sensors, cameras in smartphones and tablets. This is used to map out a 3D model of space around one. In order to do this, the hardware takes around a quarter million 3D measurements per second.Notably, the Project Tango developer tablet with an NVIDIA Tegra K1 chipset has also been launched at a price of 512 dollars (roughly Rs 32,638) and will begin selling after a week. The device was announced at the I/O event by Google. The device sports a 7-inch screen and comes with 4GB RAM, 128GB internal storage, and 4G LTE.last_img read more